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The Toll of NYCHA’s Lead Lies, Part II: A Mother Fights for Truth as Daughter Struggles

Mikhaila Bonaparte, who lives in a Brooklyn public housing complex long ago deemed free of lead paint, recorded an off-the-charts blood lead level shortly before her third birthday. NYCHA denies there’s any lead in the apartment — even after health officials detected the toxin.

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The Toll of NYCHA’s Lead Lies: A Brooklyn Girl Poisoned as Officials Covered Up Danger

More than 5,000 public housing apartments in buildings long ago deemed "lead free" contain lead paint, THE CITY has learned. And that number is likely to grow. Meet a resident of one of those complexes: Mikhaila Bonaparte, who was born in 2013, just days before NYCHA falsified its lead report to the feds.

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Meet the City’s Half-Million-Dollar Man: New York’s Highest-Paid Employee

NYCHA General Manager Vito Mustaciuolo cashed in years of unused vacation to boost his paycheck to $515,000 — more than the mayor and governor combined. Meanwhile, pandemic shutdowns didn’t stop his work crews’ overtime bills from rising.

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NYCHA Workers Covered Up Signs of Mold to Skirt Cleanup, Probe Shows

Seven employees have been brought up on internal charges at five separate public housing developments across New York, THE CITY has learned. Meanwhile, the federal monitor flagged more than 600 mold and water leak inspections as problematic.

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NYCHA Child Care Centers Plagued by Unsanitary and Unsafe Conditions, Operators Say

Providers say they shoulder costs for heating and repairs — and have concerns for the children in their care. Some 400 child care centers are housed in buildings operated by NYCHA, a system beset by lead, mold and other woes.

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NYCHA Housing Fix Clouded by Tenant Complaints About Private Managers

THE CITY’s examination found residents of several Brooklyn and Manhattan developments placed into the RAD program have alleged that private contractors and building managers botched renovations. Now some officials say an infusion of federal funds could render RAD obsolete.

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NYCHA Bribe Investigation Snares Contractors Who Made Millions From No-Bid Work, Officials Say

Vendors ponied up everything from cash to booze to get repair jobs, the Department of Investigation and the Brooklyn DA’s Office found. The nine arrests came after THE CITY revealed the potential for corruption with "micro-purchase" contracts.

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Manhattan Lead Paint Confusion Casts New Doubts on Moving Public Housing to Private Management

A supervisor assigned to oversee possible lead paint removal didn’t have certification. Meanwhile, an asbestos removal firm with a record of violations was hired. Some elected officials say NYCHA must pause transferring buildings to private firms.

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Cuomo’s Triumphs and Unfinished Business as He Quits Under a Cloud

The governor arrived in office in 2011 with an agenda aimed at bolstering New York State. Some of his promises — from marriage equality to minimum wage to supportive housing and more — came to fruition, while others remain outstanding.

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Alleged Mold Coverup Stains Public Housing Move to Private Management

A developer charged with taking over a NYCHA housing complex in Upper Manhattan patched over toxic mold with sheetrock, an investigation found. The discovery added to some tenants’ doubts about so-called RAD conversions.

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De Blasio Touts Bronx Playground Fix as Bigger Plan Falls Short on Money

The mayor vowed to overhaul nearly 90 shuttered play spaces at public housing developments after THE CITY revealed dire conditions. But the $7 million he’s earmarked won’t come close to covering the major job ahead.

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De Blasio Promises Repairs to Decrepit and Dangerous Playgrounds

"We need these playgrounds fixed," he said after THE CITY reported more than one in 10 NYCHA playgrounds are shuttered because of unsafe conditions. Mayoral candidate Eric Adams called for swift repairs. But residents remained skeptical.

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Playgrounds Off-Limits For Thousands of NYC Kids as City Emerges from Pandemic

More than one of 10 NYCHA playgrounds is closed, while others are in dire need of fixes. One national expert shown pictures of some battered structures by THE CITY said the equipment should be buried at sea.

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NYCHA Ignored Warnings That Ventilation Woes Endangered Tenants During Pandemic, Emails Show

A consultant repeatedly urged public housing managers to overhaul decrepit airflow systems in 240 complexes across the city. But NYCHA officials, who insisted there was no danger, did nothing for weeks as the virus raged.

Red Hook NYCHA Tenants Face New Gas Outages in Maddening Pattern

Nearly 100 households at the Brooklyn complex have been without cooking gas for a week and NYCHA has no timeline for repairs. It’s a story that’s played out repeatedly in recent years at the borough’s biggest public housing development.

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NYCHA Mold Court Deal Faces Do-Over as Judge Moves to Protect All Tenants

The 2013 court-monitored agreement to eradicate toxic mold from public housing doesn’t cover apartments being moved to private management. That’s a big problem, says the judge, who ordered the city and residents to hammer out a new deal.

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After Demolition Scare, Chelsea NYCHA Tenants Forge New Path With Private Management

Fulton and Chelsea-Elliott residents met with top housing officials for months to hash out what comes next for their Manhattan homes. The process has been rocky at times, but could become a model for how NYCHA engages with tenants across the city.

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Brooklyn Tenants Sue NYCHA Over Constant Gas Outages

Nearly 200 Red Hook Houses residents have been without cooking gas since January, forcing them to use hot plates or spend money on take-out. Tenants say they’re victims of a longstanding pattern of neglect.

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Can Mayoral Hopeful Shaun Donovan Save New York City’s Crumbling Public Housing?

The ex-city and federal housing boss created a controversial privatization program now used in NYC. NYCHA’s lead-poisoning scandal festered while he was in Washington. Now Donovan says he can rescue residents.

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Former Sanitation Boss Kathryn Garcia Wants to Dig NYC Out of Its Mess as Mayor. But Can She Ditch Her de Blasio Ties?

Bill de Blasio’s go-to troubleshooter on everything from lead paint to hunger now seeks his job. But with no electoral-politics experience and fundraising lagging, the bureaucrat faces her biggest challenge yet.